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Fighting the future with the past: nostalgia buffers existential threat

Juhl, Jacob, Routledge, Clay, Arndt, Jamie, Sedikides, Constantine and Wildschut, Tim (2010) Fighting the future with the past: nostalgia buffers existential threat Journal of Research in Personality, 44, (3), pp. 309-314.

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Abstract

Three studies tested and supported the proposition that nostalgia buffers existential threat. All studies measured nostalgia proneness and manipulated death awareness (mortality salience; MS). In Study 1, at low, but not high, levels of nostalgia proneness, participants in the MS condition responded less positively to an identity threat than participants in the control condition. In Study 2, at low, but not high, levels of nostalgia proneness, participants in the MS condition evidenced greater levels of death anxiety than participants in the control condition. In Study 3, at high, but not low, levels of nostalgia proneness, participants in the MS condition indicated greater feelings of state nostalgia than participants in the control condition.

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Published date: June 2010
Keywords: nostalgia, terror management theory, death anxiety, mortality salience
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 79902
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79902
ISSN: 0092-6566
PURE UUID: 915ada61-a8c3-441b-bcc9-727e5b31918f

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Date deposited: 22 Mar 2010
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 09:17

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Author: Jacob Juhl
Author: Clay Routledge
Author: Jamie Arndt
Author: Tim Wildschut

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